Posts Tagged ‘charging’

Phuket Thai Restaurant Opens Up Its Bathrooms to the General Public – They Charge Just $2 Each Time You Go

Monday, October 21st, 2013

See?

Undercapitalized Electric Car Owner Strings an Extension Cord Across the Sidewalk on a Routine Basis

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Now I can see doing this kind of thing late at night when you’re in a jam, but this shouldn’t be a routine, daily thing, right?

Off-brand electric car, looooong extension cord, garage – Western Addition, USA:

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I cry foul.

Corvid vs. Raptor High Above the Now-Moribund Strybing Arboretum (San Francisco Botanical Garden) in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This shot of a crow hassling a red tailed hawk was taken before the boycott of San Francisco Botanical Garden, before the arrival of the paywall manned by minimum-wage workers.

Circling too close to the crow’s nest, Children’s Garden, near MLK Drive:

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They said they’d kill the fee if it didn’t work out. It didn’t work out but I don’t think that they’ll ever kill the fee. Oh well.

On some days, the fees generated by the paywall don’t even cover the cost of paying the non-union workers minimum wage to collect the fees.

Of course our Rec and Park considers the paywall a “great success.” Oh well.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Still Looks Like a Ghost Town Even on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

See?

The (formerly) Great Lawn aka Main Entrance Lawn or Main Lawn, formerly the home of lazy sunbathers:

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Oh well.

Is it too soon to say that the charging-for-admissions policy is a big flop?

Just asking.

Bro.

Oh Noes! Is Costco Planning on Removing Its Electric Car Charging Stations Instead of Upgrading Them?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Well, I’ll tell you, I was worried about Costco’s unused electric charging stations last year, and now it looks like America’s favorite big box has given up on them, electing not to upgrade to this year’s flavor-of-the-month charging system, the au current J1772. (The chargers Costco installed in their parking lots back in The Aughts looked like they were from an electric car museum, covered so much with detritus and spider webs and whatnot they were.)

Anyway, electric car and plug-in hybrid drivers be pissed, you know, they’re saying, Who Killed the Electric Car Charging Stations?

But you know, if you live in the 415, your new Nissan Leaf all-electric car should be able to make it home anywho.

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Let’s ask, “Why would an electric car pioneer like Costco just give up now?” (They must have a rationale or two…)

This is quite a change from the heady days of 2006. Indeed, Costco has been offering electric chargers of some sort since the 1990′s:

“Costco offers 90 charging stations at 64 locations. Most of the stations are in California, with a handful in Arizona, New York and Georgia…The process couldn’t be simpler. Members park in reserved spaces, attach special paddles and head into the warehouse. By the time their shopping is done, their car should be, too.”

Now, some are saying that Costco is looking into / reviewing this issue, so who knows what will happen.

All right, here’s a bit from 2008 to show you what things looked like at San Francisco’s SoMA Costco back then:

“Whether your ride swings AC or DC, whether it needs MagneCharge or Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) “brand” electricity, Costo has got you covered. Shop at the store and buy a $1.50 hot dog and a Coke, all while recharging.

The future is now:

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The future hasn’t looked this bright for battery-electric vehicles (BEV) since 1895.”

It Begins: The Era of the Electric Car is Here on the Streets of San Francisco – Mind That Sidewalk Extension Cord

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I’ll tell you, the value of a garage these days in the Greater Western Addition / NoPA is far greater than the value of any battery electric vehicle (BEV) you could imagine.

So that’s why you’ll soon be seeing more of this:

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(Now, it’s not widely known, but if you want to buy an electric car like a Nissan Leaf, you need to have your charging area approved first and that means that Nissan tells the local authorities and PG&E that you have an electric car. Anyway, no charging station, no car, I think.)

But there’s nothing stopping you from lending a hand (or a cord) to anybody who needs some juice.

Well, nothing so far.

I don’t think the militant pedestrian groups around town are going to like seeing this kind of sitch, but that’s just a guess.

Will San Francisco make special legislation about sidewalk extension cords, you know, to clear things up?

Stay tuned…

The Forgotten Electric Vehicle Charging Stations of Costco #144 – Is This Rig Too New, or Too Old Already?

Friday, December 24th, 2010

This charging station has been at the Costco in SoMA for a good long time, but nobody’s ever used it.

Maybe it’s obsolete already, what with the new chargers that are coming out these days.

Oh well.

Charge Up Your Electric Car at San Francisco’s Costco, Why Not?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Whether your ride swings AC or DC, whether it needs MagneCharge or Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) brand electricity, Costo has got you covered. Shop at the store and buy a $1.50 hot dog and a Coke, all while recharging.

The future is now.

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The future hasn’t looked this bright for battery-electric vehicles (BEV) since 1895.